Our Staff

DOCTORS

Dr. Andrew Pierce

DVM and Medical Director

(980) 222-7115


Dr. Andrew Pierce was born and raised in North Carolina. His childhood was spent on a beef cattle farm in Harrisburg, NC. He began working at East Lincoln Animal Hospital in Denver, NC in 2003 as part of the kennel staff and would eventually become a veterinary assistant. While working at ELAH, Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in biology. He took a special interest in honeybee research during that time and in 2006 his research was published in the Journal of Entomology. He graduated in 2007 and would marry his high school sweetheart, Shannon the following week. During his first year of marriage Dr. Pierce continued working at ELAH, while he applied to veterinary schools. In 2008, he was accepted to NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and he graduated in 2012.

Dr. Pierce has 3 children; RuthAnn, Evelyn, and Neilan. He has a Yorkie (Hiccup), a domestic short hair cat (Liver), and an English bulldog (Tony Stark). Dr. Pierce enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Medicine; he has a particular interest in veterinary emergency, oncology, internal medicine, and cardiology. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, vacationing to the mountains and the beach, and playing basketball and volleyball.

Dr. Julie Clark

DVM

(980) 222-7115


Dr. Julie Clark joined Denver Animal Emergency in 2017 as a part time veterinarian. She grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and attended college at Virginia Tech, where she met her husband. She graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and started work at a 24-hour veterinary practice in Christiansburg, VA, practicing routine and emergency medicine, until her husband's work moved their family to Huntersville, NC, in 2016.In her spare time, Dr. Clark enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, camping, and swimming. She also has a tuxedo kitty named Bob.

VETERINARY TECHNICIANS

Amy Shallish

Veterinary Technician


Amy has always had a strong love for animals. She began her medical career in human medicine and has crossed over to veterinary medicine as a technician. Amy is from the Syracuse, NY area. She and her family love the Lake Norman area. Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends which includes her dog Tatja (Rottweiler) who goes everywhere with her. She also cares for "Frankie" who is a Boston Terrier, forever foster dog.

Amanda Finger

Veterinary Technician


Amanda’s life as a veterinary technician all started when a vet hospital in Raleigh, NC gave her a job while she was studying for her animal science degree at North Carolina State University. She fell in love with her job there and the rest was history. Since then, Amanda has “collected” 2 dogs, Charlie and Hattie (who is pictured with her) and 2 cats, James and Manny that keep her on her toes. In her free time, Amanda and her fiancé enjoy Panthers football, tobacco road basketball, gardening and of course, entertaining their pack of furry babes.

Billy Mize

Veterinary Technician


Billy has been a Lincoln County resident since he moved to North Carolina with his family in 1987. He attended East Lincoln High School, class of 1995. He has a Biology degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He met his wife, Jennifer, in 1995. They married and had a child, Katelyn, in 1999. Jennifer is a nurse and Katelyn is a student at North Lincoln High School with aspirations of attending NC State and becoming a veterinarian. Billy has worked at East Lincoln Animal Hospital since 1992. He has had many roles there including: kennel staff, veterinary technician, inventory manager and pharmacy tech. Billy has worked with Dr. Pierce for many years. He was excited to join Dr. Pierce when Denver Animal Emergency opened its doors in 2016.

Kathleen Sullivan AKA "Sully"

Veterinary Technician


Sully graduated from the Medical Institute of Minnesota's Veterinary Technician Program with top honors in 1993 and has worked as a technician ever since. Sully has worked at large animal practices, small animal practices and has worked with wildlife and exotics. She also done rescue work for dogs, cats, and raccoons. Sully served as a veterinary assistant and trained in animal welfare for her home state of Minnesota. She has held the title of Sr. technician at her previous job, dealing with more of the business end of a day practice for 5 years. She looks forward to spending the remainder of her career here at Denver Animal Emergency working in the emergency field. Just a side note about her name - the nickname, “Sully” was given to Kathleen on her very first day at the clinic she interned at. They already had two Kathy's working there so she was called Sully. She stayed on at that clinic for the next seven years so the the name stuck and has been her professional name ever since (even here in NC). She has lived in NC since 2007.

Tara Herdt

Veterinary Technician


Originally from New England, Tara moved to NC about 4 years ago. Tara has always grown up with animals, from horses to birds and everything in between. She has spent the last 8 years working in the veterinary field, spending the last 4 in emergency vet med. Tara is always up for a challenge and she has a soft spot for special needs cases. Her home is filled with her dogs Cupid (her 16 year old pit bull), Hera (8 year old pit pull), and her special needs dogs; Juan Pablo (a 3 year old Chihuahua) and Tulip (an 8 month old, Golden Retriever) both with cleft palates.

Caitlin Kreshon

Veterinary Technician


Caitlin has lived in Lincoln County her entire life and has always grown up with animals. She just recently started working in the veterinary field. She is currently enrolled at Gaston College in the veterinary technician program to become a registered technician. She has worked at DAE since its opening in June of 2016. Caitlin has 2 dogs, Millie and Piper. Millie is a 10yr Lab/Dane Mix and Piper is a 2 yr Lab/ Husky mix. Caitlin loves to spoil her fur babies! In her free time, she likes to go hiking, camping, or being by the lake or ocean.

Cheyenne Mcclellan

Veterinary Technician


Cheyenne was born in North Carolina. She has lived in many states over the year,s but made the choice to come back to her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. She has 2 dogs, Opie (pit-bull) and Nark (Plott Hound), 2 cats Kodiak & Lumee (DLH) and a Ball Python named Kaymin. Spoiling them is an understatement and she loves every second of it. She's always had a soft spot for animals, especially pitbulls, and has wanted to be in the vet field ever since she was young. Her career in the veterinary field started in 2013 where she began as a kennel tech and grew from there. In her free time she loves taking her dogs to the lake and going to the mountains.

Jessica Therrien

Veterinary Technician


Jess is a U.S. Navy Veteran and a mother of two handsome boys and a stepmother to a beautiful girl. She has been a veterinary technician for 10 years and of those 10, she has worked in emergency veterinary medicine for 6 years. When not working, Jess enjoys cooking with her youngest son who aspires to be a chef, listening to her oldest son play his flute and participating in volleyball with her stepdaughter. She also enjoys hiking outdoors, going to the movies, going on spontaneous family road trips and working on and restoring classic cars and trucks.

RECEPTIONISTS

Kim Schug

Receptionist


Kim was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. She moved to the Charlotte area in April of 2013. Moving to the south is something that she always wanted to do. She received her Associate’s Degree in Administrative Assisting in 1998. She has 4 children (all boys) that are 25, 23, 22 and 16. She also has 4 dogs, Carmen (11), Bella (8), Sparky (5), and Tango (just over 1 year). All of her fur babies are Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes. Kim also spends her time as a foster mom for a local dog rescue group. DAE is her first experience working in the veterinary field and it is her love for animals that helped guide her to her new career. She loves getting to work with animals! In her spare time she likes to hang out with her 16 year old son, walk her dogs and help at rescue adoption events.

Jessica Tarbox

Receptionist


Jessica attended the University of South Florida where she received a degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science. She was living in Florida while working in the banking industry for over thirteen years. Jessica moved to Charlotte four years ago to be closer to her family. Once she moved to North Carolina she made the decision to change career paths and started working in the emergency veterinary field. Since she started working in the client service area of the veterinary field, she has given four rescue dogs a forever home. Jessica strives to provide excellent customer service to pet owners while interacting with their pets on a daily basis.